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Brook Scoops Cricket Writers' Club Award

— 5 October 2021

Harry Brook has become the winner of one of cricket’s most established honours after he was voted NV Play Young Cricketer of the Year for 2021 by the club’s 450-strong membership.

This followed a season of success in all formats with Brook scoring 1,286 runs at an average of nearly 38 in the County Championship. He was also the fourth-highest run-scorer in the Vitality Blast with 486 runs at an average of 69.40 and finished among the top 10 run-scorers in the Hundred despite only having five innings.

First presented in 1950, the Young Cricketer of the Year award, which by tradition is won just once in a career, is restricted to England-qualified players under the age of 23 at the start of the season.

Previous winners have amassed more than 2,500 Test caps between them.

“I wrote down a few notes at the start of the year about what I wanted to achieve and the runs I wanted to get in different formats and I nailed that,” said Brook, a former England Under-19 captain.

“I still think Test cricket is the pinnacle,” the 22-year-old added.
“To play Test cricket is the best standard you can play but there is a lot of excitement in franchise cricket as well.”

Brook is the 13th Yorkshire cricketer to win the award, with previous recipients from the White Rose including England greats Fred Trueman (1952), Geoffrey Boycott (1963) and current Test captain Joe Root (2012).

A huge congratulations to Harry who also received the PCA Young Player of the Year award in September.